The Senior Seconds game against Presentation has been cancelled due to weather/pitch conditions.
Well done to the u18’s who won the north Munster league final today in Annocothy. Tom Quigley, Liam Barret, Jason Fitzgibbon and Cian Clifford (2) all scored tries on the way to a 33 nil win over Garryowen in todays final. Dean O Shea was also on the score board kicking 4 conversions. Its the third year in a row that Bruff have captured the title thanks to a lot of hard work from not only the players involved but a dedicated coaching team from mini’s rugby all the way up through the age grade teams.
Squad: Dave Barrett, Thomas Quigley, Jack Fitzgerald, Daniel O Shea, Tadgh O Dwyer, Ferghal Cooke, Paul Tracey, Daniel Gleeson, Simon Divilly, Cormac Daly, Joseph O Connell, James Hanly, Liam Cunningham, Stephen Dunworth, Cian Clifford, John Bateman, Dean O Shea, Liam Barrett, Mikey O Grady, John Bulfin, Mattew Lockhart O Dea, Richard Bateman, Jason Fitzgibbon, Callum Winship, Gearoid Moynihan, Jerry O Dea, Jack O Malley
For several years now, Bruff has had a follicly-challenged wonder on the wing in the form of Mark ‘Cossie’ Cosgrove, a player that has become so much a part of the furniture at the club that you would almost forget on occasion that he is a reformed townie.
With his enviable strength and total absence of hair, Cossie has been something of an anti-Samson since he joined the club in his early 20s. At least he tells us he was in his early 20s, his perpetually shaved dome makes it almost impossible to put an age on him. He could literally have been drawing the old-age pension when he joined Bruff and we wouldn’t know.
However, in recent weeks we’ve been seeing a newer, hairier side to Cossie. It all started on the bus home from our victory against Midleton in February, when the point was raised that not one of us had ever seen Cossie with anything less than an impeccably shaved head. We had all wondered for years about the colour of his hair, where exactly his hairline started or whether indeed he had a hairline.
After a rapid fire round of berating from the rest of the bus, Cossie eventually agreed to refrain from cutting the hair on his scalp and face until such a time as our season ends, which hopefully won’t be for another few weeks yet. He did so, however, on the condition that his re-entry into the world of hair growth would be used to raise funds for a worthwhile cause.
Thankfully we didn’t have to look far for our cause, as our friend Monty Tierney – who normally drives the Bruff team bus to games – will shortly be undergoing treatment that will require him to stay in Dublin for some time.
For several years Monty has delivered us, safely and on time, to games at each corner of the country. He has somehow managed to always keep a smile on his face on the way home also, as we perform murderous renditions of songs, request frequent toilet breaks and act like oversized and undisciplined schoolboys.
Monty is as keen a Bruff supporter as you’d find and has continued to attend our games, even though his illness has prevented him from driving us to away fixtures in recent months. We’d like to repay the support and patience he has shown us over the years with a little support in return.
With that in mind, at this weekend’s game against Dundalk in Kilballyowen, we’re going to have buckets out in the clubhouse into which you can throw whatever size donation you wish to help Monty meet the costs of his stay in Dublin. You’ll have the thrill of seeing a newly hairy Cossie kitting out on the field and you can help us give a little support to one of our own in return after the game.
In addition to our efforts, Clancy’s Bar is also running a fundraiser on April 24th, the details of which can be found by looking up the event ‘Monty’s Mission’ on Facebook. Our game this weekend against Dundalk takes place at 2.30pm in Kilballyowen. Your support on and off the field is very much appreciated.
John ‘Scutchy’ Hogan
Reminder that tomorrow 17th March is Youths Club finals day in Thomond Park.There are 6 finals down for decision with Bruff u18 vs Waterpark u18’s playing in the cup final at 4pm. Remarkably Bruff are the only Limerick club in action in the finals so all local support would be greatly appreciated.
Entry is €10 for Adults & €5 for Students,OAPs& Children
Bruff U18’s Munster final Preview
Bruff u18’s have reached the Pan Munster final for the third year in a row after beating Dolphin 5-0 in a tight semi final played in Bruff on Sunday March 6th.
Is wasn’t until the 43rd minute that the game winning score came. Bruff attacked the right hand side of the Dolphin 22 through the pack before moving the ball all the way to the left, for wing Dean O Shea to score in the corner. Bruff’s experience was enough to see them through to the St Patricks day decider which is scheduled to be played on the main pitch in Thomond Park Vs Waterpark at 4pm.
Waterpark claimed a 21-3 win over Dungarvan in the other semi-final on Saturday and will travel to Thomond park on Thursday in big numbers with both the u16’s & 18’s playing on the day. Like Bruff, Waterpark are no strangers to these finals having contested a number of these deciders in recent years at both 16’s and 18’s age grades.
The two teams have met already this year with Bruff winning 16-8 when the sides met in January. But this is a final and that result will count for nothing when the teams take the field on Thursday.
The finals for the last two years have been absolute crackers and all indications suggest that this week’s final will be no different as the two best youths teams in Munster go head to head to try and capture the title. Approximately 40 clubs and up to 1000 players from the six counties of Munster have taken part in this competition over the last 7 months and now only two teams remain standing.
KO is 4pm in Thomond Park on Thursday (St. Patricks Day) .. Please come out and support
Squad: Dave Barrett, Thomas Quigley, Jack Fitzgerald ,Daniel O Shea, Tadgh O Dwyer, Ferghal Cooke ,Paul Tracey ,Daniel Gleeson, Simon Divilly, Cormac Daly, Joseph O Connell ,James Hanly, Liam Cunningham, Stephen Dunworth, Cian Clifford, John Bateman, Dean O Shea, Liam Barrett, Mikey O Grady, John Bulfin, Mattew Lockhart O Dea, Richard Bateman, Jason Fitzgibbon, Callum Winship , Gearoid Moynihan, Jerry O Dea, Jack O Malley
Coaches: Eoin Cahill, Timmy Quirke, Martin o Rourke
Manager: Tony Clifford, Fitness: Eric Finn